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What to feed birds

Martin Hughes-Games Martin Hughes-Games | 19:16 UK time, Friday, 23 October 2009

It was the RSPB's Feed the Birds Day on Saturday 24th October. They ran events up and down the country to help you learn the best ways to help the birds and wildlife in your garden this winter.

If you missed these, don't worry, just follow some of our advice...

Foraging is an extremely high priority for birds at this time of year. Winter foods are all about energy. Nuts and seeds are high in fat, and so too is the classic fat ball.

If your garden consistently acts as a good foraging ground now, there's a good chance you'll build up a regular set of local visitors over the winter and make a genuine difference to their survival prospects for the spring.

To learn what to feed which birds, and about different kinds of bird feeder, have a look at the BBC Breathing Places "Feed birds" page, or if you're feeling really creative download their "Make a bird feeder" poster.

There's also loads of information on this subject elsewhere on the web. Some of the best places to look are:

What do you find works in your garden? Tell us about your birds' likes and dislikes, and what's worked for you by posting a comment below.


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